Though lightweight Eddie Alvarez is likely to part ways with Bellator Fighting Championships and become a free agent once the last fight of his contract is done, it looks like he’s not taking the easy way out. Alvarez is set to fight Patricky “Pitbull” Friere in his last stand with Bellator. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed the news today.
The season seven event will take place on October 12th at Caesar’s Windsor in Ontario, Canada. This is the last fight of Alvarez’s current contract with Bellator.
Alvarez (23-3, MMA) became Bellator’s first lightweight champion in 2009 and successfully defended the title before losing it to Michael Chandler last year. He’s since rebounded from that loss with a first round TKO win over Shinya Aoki in April.
Friere is a former WEC champ who holds a professional record of 10-3. Friere is as dangerous as opponents get for Alvarez. He had an insane flying knee KO over Toby Imada at Bellator 39 and also holds wins over Kurt Pellegrino and Rob McCullough. In other words, this is by no means an easy fight for Alvarez, a loss could have a substantial impact on who fields offers to Alvarez when he becomes a free agent.